CARES Conference Today

Wednesday 5th March is Local Energy Scotland's first annual CARES conference with over 100 delegates brought together at the Lighthouse, Glasgow.

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Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism is delivering the keynote speech at the event, and is formally launching the Local Energy Scotland website which offers a suite of support to community groups and rural businesses across Scotland. 

CARES offers financial support to groups to engage with renewable energy - grant and loan support for communities, and a pre-planning loan for rural businesses.

CARES also supports the effective delivery of community benefits from commercial renewable energy projects, and integral to the new website is the Scottish Government Register of Community Benefits from Renewable Energy, which Mr Ewing is formally launching at the conference: 

“I would strongly encourage developers of renewable energy schemes across Scotland to submit details to the site as we are committed in supporting the development of a commercially viable, diverse renewable industry that will deliver benefits to businesses and the wider public.”

Mr Ewing is also publishing a Summary Analysis of Responses to the ConsultatIon on ScottIsh Government Good PractIce Principles for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments, this is now available on our website here.

The event is an opportunity for delegates to share experiences and lessons learnt, and welcomes contributions from Euan Scott of Barra & Vatersay Wind Energy, Calum MacDonald of Point and Sandwick Development Trust, Richard Lockett of Dingwall Co-Op, and Kelly McIntyre of Fintry Development Trust.

Presentations from the sell-out event will be made available on our website shortly after the event for those who could not attend.


With help from the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme, many communities and rural businesses in Scotland can significantly benefit from the advantages of taking ownership of their renewable energy.